Fire Island 2 (F. I. 2)

Fire Island 2 (F. I. 2), Long Beach: Address, Phone Number, Fire Island 2 (F. I. 2) Review: 2/5

Fire Island 2 (F. I. 2)
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Gay Bars • Dance Clubs & Discos
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The largest dance club in Long Beach is a favorite with the gay crowd, with Friday and Saturday nights being the most popular, and crowded, times to visit.
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Discrimination and Anti Gay Actions against gay Patrons from Fire Island 2/Marina Sea Port Hotel staff
My partner and I visited Long Beach from LA on Friday night. We went to Fire Island. It was difficult to find. There was no sign indicating where to enter. We found out from the staff that we were to enter discreetly through the side doors - what kind of Rosa Parks - back of the bus attitude is that? We entered and recieved a hand stamp with a bingo blotter (very sophisticated technology). We were impressed that the space was so large. The music left little to be desired. The DJ was spinning Cher tunes and Dead or Alive and it was not retro night. Despite these shortcomings we managed to have a good time. We went out to have a cigarette. My partner and I were laughing and hugging and we shared a quick kiss on the lips when a security guard approached us and was shouting out "Stop that" "You can't do that" He wedged himself between us. Befuddled I asked "What are you talking about?" We had no drinks in our hands and I could not understand why he was interupting us. He explained that the hotel has a policy that there is no public displays of affection on the hotel grounds and that it was for our protection as well as thiers. I don't recall asking for protection. I challenged him and asked what exactly he meant. Did that mean we were not allowed to be gay or be ourselves? Was he asking us not to be gay in public? He explained that the hotel rents out rooms to families and that there may be a five year old who could witness our display of affection. My partner questioned his response by asking "your worried about 5 year olds running around at 1:30 in the morning?" He replied that he was just doing his job. I then added that I did not care if it was 1:30 in the afternoon in the middle of Walmart that if I wanted to I would kiss my partner anytime and anywhere I pleased. The last time I checked it was not illegal to be gay in public. He replied that is was against the policy of the hotel and it was private property. We left shortly thereafter. I guess it's O.K. for the hotel and promoters to benefit from our gay dollars but not o.k. for them to acknowledge our equal rights and or treat us with the dignity and repsect we deserve. I have never in my life been so offended. I guess I am lucky that I never had experienced discrimination prior to this but make no mistakes about it...that is exactly what it was. It's O.K. for children to witness everyday the death and destruction that war brings to us on the T.V. but wrong for them to see two gay people loving one another. I have not checked but I am fairly confident the policy does not stand for straight people. Could you imagine security running up to every married couple staying there who shared a kiss and forcing them to stop?I will never visit Fire Island again or the hotel for that matter and am looking for supporters to boycott both establishments during Long Beach Pride. The community needs to know about the injustice that is being done and what type of establishments we are spending our money at. I am also looking into legal recourse against the hotel. I encourage everyone not to give your money to these two establishments.
Written 19 April 2004
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